TaxAdministrationThousands join in the ‘no’ campaign

Thousands join in the 'no' campaign

More than 6,000 ‘no’ votes have been cast by tax advisers against plans to bring forward self-assessment filing deadlines

A survey undertaken by more than 2,000 advisers, across nine professional
institutes, found that nine out of ten respondents were against the new tax
deadline proposals, while 4,000 ‘No to November’ protest slips have also been
returned by readers of Taxation magazine.

The nine institutes, including the ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA, will now forward the
findings of their survey to the Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs.

The campaign against moving forward self-assessment online and paper filing
deadlines was further boosted last week when a cross-party early day motion was
put forward to persuade the government not to go ahead with the new deadlines.

The EDM comprised nine MPs: two from Labour, three from the Lib Dems and four
from the Conservatives. They warned that moving the deadlines forward would lead
to more provisional and incorrect returns. This would require manual amendment
by HMRC and, rather than spreading workloads, would create a ‘larger peak at a
different time’.

They also called for the government to consult with the tax profession before
bringing forward any revised proposal.

Participants to the EDM included conservative MP Mark Hoban, who is set to
chair the new all-party parliamentary group focusing on accounting and business
issues.
Other EDM participants included Lib Dem MP Dr Vincent Cable and Labour MP David
Taylor.

The institutes had until the end of June to submit their findings to HMRC as
part of the regulatory impact assessment into proposals by Lord Carter on the
future of its online services. The Society of Professional Accountants has also
sent 400 protest slips to government.

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